Tag Archives: Jennifer Donelan

Jennifer’s story: her heart attack at age 36 “smacked her with her own mortality”

24 Feb

♥  It’s Heart Month!  

Watch and learn, ladies: This is Jennifer’s Story (2:25)

from The Heart Truth: National Heart, Blood & Lung Institute

See more of Jennifer Donelan’s story here or here, about surviving Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).

Q: What are YOU doing to help your own heart this month?


The unforgettable diagnosis: “You’re having a heart attack!”

24 Mar

by Carolyn Thomas 

Jennifer Donelan was a 36-year old television news reporter for ABC News 7 in Washington, DC, covering a dramatic story one day about a local 4-month old baby girl who had been found in her crib, unresponsive. After her live shot on the 5 o’clock newscast, Jennifer was waiting near her car when she started to feel a very strange pain in her chest. We pick up her dramatic story there, as told in Jennifer’s own words:

“I remember looking at my car and thinking: ‘I need to go home and lay down.’ Then the pain started to worsen. I took a few steps and my left arm went numb.  Continue reading

TV reporter Jennifer Donelan survives heart attack at age 36

26 Feb

by Carolyn Thomas  ♥ @HeartSisters

Television news reporter Jennifer Donelan was just 36 years old when she had a heart attack near the end of a busy day at work last September. Five months after surviving this horrific cardiac event, she’s now back at ABC 7 News in Washington, DC, where she hosted a three-part Heart Month series on women living with heart disease. She explained:  Continue reading